Dental implants can be used to restore a smile after tooth loss. Whether a patient is dealing with the loss of one tooth or an entire dental arch is missing, dental implants are a popular option. Drs. Thompson and Frey of Owensboro, KY are dentists who refer patients out for the placement of traditional dental implants. Patients can then visit their practice to have them restored with a quality dental crown.
Dental implants are titanium posts that a periodontal surgeon places into the jawbone. This is done to stabilize the restoration. A temporary crown is placed until the implant heals through a process called osseointegration, in which the bone is stimulated to grow around the restoration to hold it strongly in place. Once this process has completed, patients return to Thompson and Frey Cosmetic and Family Dentistry to have a permanent crown fabricated and placed on the implant to act as a beautiful and fully-functioning false tooth.
Patients can also use dental implants for denture stabilization. Patients who have dealt with dentures that shift and slide on the gums and are not kept in place with dental adhesives may consider the benefits of implant-supported dentures. By placing a few implants, full cosmetic dentures can be retrofitted to snap into place over the implants. This provides strength and stability unsurpassed by any other dental restoration. In many cases, Drs. Thompson and Frey can place mini dental implants for this purpose.
Before patients have a dental implant placed, Drs. Thompson and Frey will determine their candidacy. Patients must have sufficient bone structure, or the procedure will not be successful. Patients may undergo bone grafting, or may be a better candidate for mini dental implants. X-rays help the team determine the best course of action for each specific patient. Mini dental implants can be placed at the practice, while patients may need to be referred out to a periodontal specialist for the placement of a conventional implant.
If you are interested in learning more about tooth replacement and the restoration of dental implants with quality, custom dental crowns, contact the team at Thompson and Frey Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today to schedule a consultation visit and find out if the dentists at our practice can assist you with making drastic improvements in your smile to increase confidence and self-esteem.